PMID: 7993599Jun 1, 1994Paper

Pit and fissure sealant application using a drying agent

American Journal of Dentistry
A M RixS L Hoyle


This clinical investigation assessed the retention of pit and fissure sealants with and without the use of a post-etching drying agent in pediatric dental patients. Twenty eight healthy patients with four fully erupted, non-carious first permanent molars participated. Sixteen males and 12 females, 5-12 years of age, each received four sealants, two with and two without a drying agent. Sealants were placed by three dental operators. Assignment for sealant application (with and without drying agent) was based on a computer-generated randomization table. Sealant application involved cleansing of the teeth with a non-fluoridated prophylaxis paste followed by rinsing 60 seconds with air/water spray, enamel conditioning with 40% phosphoric acid for 60 seconds, rinsing with air/water spray for 60 seconds, application of drying agent for 5 seconds, application of sealant material, and light curing for 60 seconds. Modified USPHS (Ryge) criteria were used to evaluate interfacial staining, secondary caries, marginal integrity, and surface texture. Sealant retention was evaluated as fully retained or lost (failed). All 28 participants returned for the 12-month recall visit. Four evaluators reported a 91% overall retention rate. Of the 56 t...Continue Reading

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